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facebook has placed adverts in british newspapers with ten tips on how to spot fake news online. the website has also closed thousands of accounts linked to false stories, ahead of the general election next month. the company advises users to "be sceptical of headlines" and to check website addresses. the move comes as increasing numbers of people use the site as one of their main news sources. here's our technology correspondent, rory cellan—jones. it's a term that became familiar during last year's american presidential election. fake news stories made up to make money or act as political propaganda. and its facebook which has taken much of the blame for spreading stories such as these. now the social network says it's doing everything it can to tackle the problem in the uk. with these newspaper adverts part of that effort. facebook says it is to bring up the battle against fake news. it is giving its users a guide to spotting what it calls false news, it is closing tens of thousands of fake uk accounts which might spread misinformation, and it is working with fact checking organisations during the election campaign. so, what happens if a friend shares what you think is a fake news story with you? well, it's not blindingly obvious
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but you go here, go down to report post, i think it shouldn't be on facebook is the choice here, you continue, then you get the option at the bottom of it's a fake news story. and once you have done that you should end up with an independent fact checking organisation. one of those organisations thinks the social network needs to do more. there is a responsibility for facebook to look at how do we change facebook itself to make it easier for people to spot the sites that are not what they are cracked up to be on things that need to be checked out in more detail. yes, this is good stuff from facebook but it should only be the beginning. in germany there is already a drive to combat fake news in the run—up to their elections and with our own general election just over four weeks away the parties know that facebook a key battle ground. they will have identified exactly the types of voters they would like to
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target and the types of messages they would like to target them with an facebook will be the means of delivering those messages. not only that, facebook will be the means by which they understand the response to those messages and they will change them and evolve them based on that response. more than 30 million people will get news and political messages from facebook during the election campaign. a social network says it is doing its best to make sure that what they read isn't fake. rory cellan—jones, bbc news. with me is elizabeth linder, a former executive at facebook, and founder of the firm conservational century, which advises world leaders on how to understand societies changing expectations of them. thanks forjoining us. how long were you with facebook for? eight years. 2000 2016. that was at the time of the 0bama presidency. was fake
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unease as much of a problem then as it seems to be now? now. to be honest, the first time i really saw fa ke honest, the first time i really saw fake news in full fitting a political environment was when i was doing some civil society training for civil society leaders in north africa after the arab spring,... 2011? then the 2013. a lot of civil societies at the time were worried about the potential impact for fake stories to influence otherwise well—meaning individuals in their countries. but of course, in an u nsta ble countries. but of course, in an unstable environment, especially at a time where the company did not necessarily have staff or understand necessarily have staff or understand necessarily what the nuances were going on in that region, it is hard to see that as an early sign of what would later become fake news in a country like the uk or the us doing a major election campaign. so facebook are now getting on board on dealing with this, but there is this
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sense that the company is a little bit behind the curve? and always playing catch up in dealing with this issue? it such a tough one. the scale of it is so big. when do you actually step up to the plate and when do you actually enter a topic where it feels like a company like facebook is meddling with the political landscape? it's walking the fine balance. i think it's important, of course, that facebook is entering the space. i also think the leaders and especially leaders of the political level, really need to get in this game as well. that is in better using social media to speak directly to people. it is giving people access to the primary source of what is going on in their head,in source of what is going on in their head, in order to encourage better and more for cooperatives away from some of these fake news stories. but critics might argue. investor motson
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that. —— that donald trump is putting out fake news. might they suggest hillary clinton is putting out that as well. though some actors you can't trust? political campaigning has always been dicey. this is a game of influence. you look back through the centuries from all kinds of sketchy manoeuvres are used by political parties to get their messages out. in a way, i think we need to see this as, is technology the opportunity to get better? to get people the information from trusted sources that they need? to hear directly from the individuals who are part of this debate. interestingly, some of the best leading categories that i have seen in combating fake news have seen in combating fake news have come from the world of defence and policing. historically, an incident here or there, a rumour something is going on, the police
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have done a good job of using technology to shed light on what is really happening. so how can we take some of those lessons we have learned, especially in the uk, from the policing sector, and help to get politicians and leaders on—board? very interesting. elizabeth, thanks for joining very interesting. elizabeth, thanks forjoining us. an investigation by the victoria derbyshire programme, has found that at least 1a hundred mistakes are made in england's nhs maternity units every week. and the true figure could be much higher, because only 81 out of 132 trusts in england responded to a freedom of information request. the most serious incidents include the avoidable deaths of mothers and babies, as a result of errors by midwives and doctors. the royal college of midwives says maternity services are heading towards a crisis, because of the increasing demands on services. while hundreds of thousands of woman gave birth safely across the uk,
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there are cases where serious m ista kes there are cases where serious mistakes are being made. sarah and adam lost their baby in 2014. six hours, we didn't really know anything. they just told hours, we didn't really know anything. theyjust told us, reassured us, didn't they? the inquest later shows sarah should have held an emergency c section many hours before she did. many staff failed to act on warning signs. they were severely starved of oxygen. i was in the car, with my itiuiti oxygen. i was in the car, with my mum and dad, i said, how am i going to tell server that he is not all right? he was placed on a life—support machine, but just right? he was placed on a life—support machine, butjust days later, sarah and adam were advised to go to treatment. it's a conversation you never think you will have to have. how do you discuss how you are going to end
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your son's life. the couple decided to ta ke your son's life. the couple decided to take legal action. the coroner's report found the hospital missed for opportunities to save pescera's life. everybody makes mistakes, i do, but to make mistakes so many times in six hours is shocking. people you put your trust in, your life is in their hands and geno's life is in their hands and geno's life was in their hands. the fact that we are a victim of the nhs. so many babies have lost their lives and so many families have been destroyed because they are not doing theirjob properly. sarah and adam got compensation from the trust. an investigation by this programme has found that at least 1000 mistakes are occurring in england's nhs maternity units each week. we have also found that nearly 260 mothers
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01’ also found that nearly 260 mothers or babies died overfour years. these deaths were either not unexpected or could have been avoided. 0nly unexpected or could have been avoided. only 39 out of 81 trusts responded to this question. so the number of deaths could be much higher. the royal college of midwives said safety is being compromised because of the pressure maternity services are under. we are headed for a crisis in our maternity services. the simple truth is we do not have enough midwives working right now. we cannot deliver the safest possible ca re right now. we cannot deliver the safest possible care if we don't have enough midwives and enough doctors working in our services. when you are going to have a baby, you expect to go in with a baby seat and leave with a baby but we came out with a death certificate. you can get more on that at the victoria derbyshire website. for the last 33 years,
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ackill beach in western ireland, now, it looks like this, following hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sand being dumped back on the coastline,during a freak tide. local people now hope there'll even be a return of hotels, guesthouses and cafes, all forced to shut, after the beach washed away in 1984. keith doyle reports. achill island on the west coast of ireland has many beautiful beaches but for the past 30 years this was not one of them. however, nature has now returned dooagh beach to its former beauty. storms in the 1980s stripped the beach, but over ten days ocean currents have deposited thousands of tonnes of sand to recreate its 300—metre white sandy beach. the most probable reason this beach has reformed is due to two things. it's either a change in sediment supply from further up or down the coast that has brought a fresh amount of sediment to this beach. or it could be due to a change in environmental conditions, either an alteration in the wave climate, or a series of tides that has provided the ideal conditions for this beach to reform. dooagh beach on achill island
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is just about as far west as you can get in ireland and europe. thousands of tourists visit here every year. having a new beach has delighted the locals and the tourist board. yesterday, we had gridlock here in the village with cars and camper vans and motorcyclists, and people coming from all over ireland and the uk to see our miraculous new beach. the people here have always spoke about their days on the beach, how they enjoyed coming down here as kids, and now to have it back for their kids is absolutely unbelievable. people of the island are thrilled. we already have five blue flag beaches. hopefully if we keep our beach here at dooagh we will have a sixth. now that spring high tides have passed there is hope that the new beach will stay in place, at least for the summer. but this is the wild atlantic coast where the sea could reclaim the beach again, but for now people are making
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the most of this latest tourist attraction. keith doyle, bbc news. now, we need whether to go with that speech. lovely weather, thomas in the forecast? we do, and we have plenty of good weather across the uk today. lots of sunshine around. not just weather across the uk today. lots of sunshine around. notjust across the west but the north as well. look at this picture from argyll. a very different story if you live in the east. this is closer to the north sea coast in your yorkshire. grey skies, the cloud is persistent. it felt cold and unpleasant with the north when dragging in. but it is dry. whether you have sunshine or crowd, it is dry. it is a trade for friday but until then there is no real way in forecast. —— no real rain forecast. it's clear, starry
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skies, central and eastern areas for high on the cloud and rain, it is not cold certainly in belfast. it will be colder in some rural areas, such as in scotland. tomorrow morning, we start on a beautiful mode again. in the western isles, inverness, sunshine too. the western coast of wales and into pembrokeshire, pool, devon and the west country, and the south coast. lots of areas waking up to clear, blue skies. quite a few areas also stuck under the cloud. the midlands, eastern areas, lincolnshire, wolverhampton and newcastle. parts of scotla nd wolverhampton and newcastle. parts of scotland as well. the cloud will break up doing today across the western areas especially. essentially, the west hangs onto the sunshine with the best temperatures, such as belfast at 18 degrees and london at 16. tomorrow will be nippy. at dawn on wednesday it will
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feel chilly out there. temperatures will be a couple of degrees above freezing in some area. the may sunshine is very strong. so the temperature is will quickly suit s4c shoot up to the high teens. 0n thursday, we see some changes. the atmosphere changes and we see the threat of cloud and spots of rain. it will still be decent weather with temperatures in the mid—teens, heightened in some spots. the changes arise on friday. the downfalls a re changes arise on friday. the downfalls are hit and miss on southern and central areas with thunderstorm. the atmosphere is then south—westerly winds in our direction. the days of the friday will be more unsettled with spells of rain on the way. we really do need the rain. hello and welcome to 100 days plus.
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the transition of power is currently underway in france. emmanuel macron will officially be sworn in as the new president on sunday. the president—elect was today fulfilling his first ceremonial role alongside the man he will replace, but in a week's time he will stand alone, with the job of uniting a deeply fractured country. it will be hard for him, because i'm sure lots of people vote for him yesterday, but it's almost against marine le pen. some of those who did not support emmanuel macron took to the streets in protest today, underling the challenge ahead. what impact could president macron have on the brexit negotiation? also: new reports say president 0bama warned donald trump

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